Career servicesFor Prospective Students and Families

Welcome!

In today's competitive job market, industry leaders are looking for graduates who possess the powerful combination of business knowledge, creativity and passion. At VCU School of Business, we are excited to help you connect what you will learn in the classroom with work based learning experiences and professional development to support your career success. Whether you join us as a first year student, transfer, or non-traditional student, our Career Coaching team will help you define your career goals and showcase your skills — and we’ll introduce you to our recruiters from top companies, in Richmond and across the nation. Connect with us early and often!

Outcome surveys

Each semester, our graduating class provides information about post-graduation plans and first-destination career outcomes. We also collect information related to job searches, motivation, satisfaction and engagement with VCU resources. Students receive follow-up surveys at 3, 6 and 12 months after graduation. See survey results

Career Paths

Explore Characteristics

Check out brief descriptions that detail defining characteristics, traits, and interests of each VCU School of Business Major. The characteristics listed under each major were selected because most students within that major identify with those characteristics.

Reliable and thorough. Has a mind for numbers, memorization, information, and complex tasks. Independent, confident, and enjoys mastering analytical processes...usually while working by themselves.


Someone who always sees the big picture. Interested in history and politics, but likes data and numbers. A trends and research enthusiast who always keeps their nose in a book or a podcast on play. Sees grad school as possibility.


Highly motivated and competitive. A people-person, who can be compelling and charming while explaining complex financial ideas to clients and colleagues alike. Feels comfortable in the chaos.


Motivated math wiz with an ambitious side. Loves statistics, data, and is swayed by facts and figures above all else. Has a mind for learning complex programming tools and a knack for decision-making.


Thrives in creating, building, and sustaining relationships. An active listener with a drive for helping people stay engaged and excited about their organization. Equally enjoys high quality work and high fives.


Likes technology and computers. Has a mind for web design and tech languages but may also love the idea of overseeing & implementing technology projects. Is process-driven and believes the journey is the destination.


Exceptionally curious and interested in a little bit of everything. A leader in organizational settings and enjoys overseeing projects. Has an entrepreneurial spirit who enjoys contributing to a team.


Creative and personable. Notices design/artwork/fonts and marketing campaigns around them. Interested in why people do what they do and buy what they buy. Enjoys talking, selling, and connecting.


A practical person who enjoys learning about city infrastructure. Intrigued by the wheeling, dealing, and financing behind who owns what properties and buildings around you. Usually wins at Monopoly.


Values stability and consistency. Finds meaning in the details and concentrating on using their analytical skills to problem solve for large organizations. Hardworking, practical, and reliable.


Enjoys logical reasoning, processes, and solving problems. Restless and adventurous, always wanting something new in their day. Loves working with data and being analytical, but also likes meeting and working with new people.

 

Explore Jobs

This is a compilation of the most common entry-level jobs for graduates from VCU School of Business. Get a sense of the kind of work you will be prepared to undertake by checking out this resource:

  • Accounting Representative
  • Accounting Coordinator
  • Fund Accountant (Private Equity and Real Estate)
  • Tax Analyst/Accountant
  • Tax/Client Services Associate
  • Audit Staff
  • Finance Development Program (Audit Consultant)
  • Auditor
  • FSO Assurance Staff

  • Associate Strategic Analyst
  • Economic Analyst
  • Operations Analyst Business Analyst 
  • Assistant Utilities Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Research Analyst
  • Forecasting Analyst
  • District Manager
  • Business Development
  • Investment Analyst

  • Associate Financial Analyst
  • Junior Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Risk Coordinator
  • Business Banking
    Credit/Relationship
    Management Analyst
  • Financial Consultant
  • Investment Analyst
  • ___ Analyst

  • Actuary
  • Actuary Assistant
  • Credit Risk Analyst
  • Equity Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Quantitative Analyst
  • Investment Analyst
  • Investment Risk Analyst
  • Junior Derivatives Trader
  • Risk Management Specialist

  • Human Resource Associate
  • Organizational Development & Learning Program Support Trainee
  • Organizational Development & Learning Program Support Analyst
  • Associate HR Specialist
  • Human Resources Coordinator
  • Human Resources Recruiter
  • Human Resources Analyst
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Payroll and Attendance Specialist
  • Recruitment & Staffing Specialist
  • Talent Acquisition Specialist

  • IT Consultant
  • Web Developer
  • Web Designer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • Jr. Database Administrator
  • Jr. Programmer
  • Desktop Support Technician
  • Software Developer Application Developer
  • IT Project Manager
  • Network Engineer

  • Management Rotation Programs 
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Anything except technical fields that require specific training and/or certifications (Accounting, IS, Fin-Tech)
  • Choose a lane and get experience
    • i.e.: sales, general management, business consulting, etc.

  • Marketing Asst./Associate/Coordinator
  • Social Media Specialist/Coordinator
  • Digital MKTG Coordinator/Specialist
  • Content Strategist
  • Communications Specialist
  • Business Dev. Representative
  • Account Executive/Manager
  • Client Services Coordinator
  • MKTG Research Analyst/Specialist
  • Brand Analyst
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Specialist
  • Media Buyer, Analyst

  • Property Manager in Training
  • Construction Loan Accountant
  • Tenant Surveyor
  • Real Estate Associate
  • Real Estate Analyst
  • Account Manager
  • Leasing Consultant
  • Appraisal Review Coordinator
  • Mortgage Consultant
  • Brokerage Assistant
  • Leasing Associate
  • Project Coordinator
  • Portfolio Research Associate

  • Underwriting Analyst Tech 
  • Underwriter, Cyber Liability
  • Associate Underwriter
  • Benefits Coordinator
  • Personal Lines Underwriter Co-op
  • Research Analyst
  • Actuarial Analyst
  • Assistant Actuary
  • Actuarial Associate
  • Business Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Budget Analyst
  • Loss Control Representative
  • Risk Analyst

  • Account Support Representative
  • Inventory Control Specialist
  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Product Support Analyst
  • Junior Buyer
  • Inventory Planner
  • Warehouse Operations Specialist
  • Procurement Analyst
  • Receiving Specialist
  • Logistics Coordinator 
  • Logistics Clerk
  • Damage Prevention Specialist
  • Traffic Analyst

Major Maps

Get into the details of how you can get involved both on and off campus in ways that complement your academic and career goals.

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Career Resources

We know how important career success is for you, so we’ve baked it into our curriculum. Beginning in Fall 2021, all undergraduate students will take a 1 credit course on career and professional development as a part of their major.

As a complement to the career and professional development woven into the business curriculum, Business Career Coaches are available to meet with you one-on-one to customize your career plans. We are experts in business careers, and there is no limit to how often you can meet with your coach. We continue to support your career even after you graduate. 

Our job and internship database, Handshake, is used by every Fortune 500 company. There are thousands of opportunities available at any given time, no matter your industry or geographic area of interest. For a sneak peek, check out what’s currently available here: https://business.vcu.edu/career-services/handshake/

Business Career Services hosts Business focused internship and career fairs each semester. Whether we are in-person or virtual, we put our networks to work for you. You’ll have the chance to meet with recruiters from a host of companies across Virginia and beyond. 

Internships and Work Based Learning

Career servicesFor Prospective Students and FamiliesInternships and Work Based Learning

Usually 1-5 days in length, externships are shadowing opportunities that allow you to dip your toe in with an employer and see what it would be like to work there. They also often give you an advantage when applying for internships.

Do you already have a job or other commitments that make it difficult to do a 10-12 week internships? A micro-internship might be perfect for you. Execute paid virtual professional assignments for companies to build and demonstrate your skills while exploring a variety of career paths: https://info.parkerdewey.com/vcu.

Almost half our students complete internships prior to graduating. Studies show that students who intern during college are more likely to graduate with a job in hand, and have higher starting salaries. We have thousands of internships available in Handshake, and are here to help you land one that’s right for you.

Career Success

  • Allianz
  • Altria
  • Amazon
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Capital One
  • CGI
  • CoStar Group
  • Defense Logistics Agency
  • Dominion Energy
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
  • Freddie Mac
  • J.B.Hunt
  • KPMG
  • Lidl US
  • Markel
  • McKesson
  • Northrop Grumman
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
  • Reynolds American
  • SunTrust (Truist)
  • Target
  • The Martin Agency
  • Unilever
  • Wells Fargo

Each year, our graduating class provides information about their career outcomes. For more data related to outcomes, see survey results.

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  • "The mock-interviews with Heather Starr immensely helped me become more polished as she provided great and honest feedback on my answers."
    Hannah Haine, Class of 2022
    Enterprise, Management Trainee Intern
  • "BCS gave me much needed advice and reassurance that I can do anything I put my mind to and I could not have gotten this far without them."
    Jacquelyn Coughlin, Class of 2021
    Auditor of Public Accounts, Associate Auditor
  • "BCS helped me with my confidence and how to talk during an interview."
    Khadijah Pratt, Class of 2020
    CGI, Service Operator